Nigerian history

Victoria Davies Randle, the Nigerian Goddaughter of Queen Victoria

Victoria Davies was the eldest child of Sara Forbes Bonetta, an Egbado omoba who was gifted to Queen Victoria and James Pinson Labulo Davies, a wealthy Lagos merchant.

King Bayano: the Yoruba King Who Escaped Slavery and Led the Biggest Slave Revolts of 16th Century Panama

Bayano was an African enslaved by Spaniards who led the biggest slave revolts of 16th century Panama.

Chief Amodu Tijani: This Yoruba Chief Took Britain to Court in 1921 for Stealing His Land and Won a Huge Compensation

Chief Amodu Tijani Oluwa, also known as simply Amodu Tijani, was a Nigerian traditional chief who cane to prominence in the high colonial period, when he took the British colonial government to court in 1921 for appropriating his land in Apapa.

Oba Ovonramwen: How Britain Deposed and Exiled the Last Independent King of Benin Kingdom

Ovonramwen was a West African ruler who was the last independent king of the kingdom of Benin in present-day Nigeria.

Revd Paul Obayi – Meet The Nigerian Priest Saving Igbo Deities from the bonfires

While some Pentecostal preachers in eastern Nigeria set fire to statues and other ancient artefacts that they regard as symbols of idolatry, one Catholic priest reverend Paul Obayi is collecting them instead.

Sarah Forbes Bonetta, the Enslaved Yoruba Girl Who Was Gifted to the Queen of England in 1850

Born Omoba Aina, an Egbado princess of the Yoruba people, she was “gifted” to Queen Victoria in 1850, taken to England and renamed Sarah Forbes Bonetta.

Benin City, One Of The Most Advanced Cities Of The Ancient World Now Lost Without Trace

When the Portuguese first “discovered” the city in 1485, they were stunned to find this vast kingdom made of hundreds of interlocked cities and villages in the middle of the African jungle. They called it the “Great City of...

“Dick Tiger” — Meet The First African to be Inducted Into the International Boxing Hall of Fame

Richard Ihetu aka Dick Tiger was a Nigerian-born professional boxer who held the World Middleweight and World Light Heavyweight Championships in the 1950's and also the first African to be Inducted into the international boxing hall of fame.

Nigerian Civil War Officially Ended On This Day When Biafra Disbanded and Joined Nigeria

The Nigerian civil war officially ended on this day after almost 2 and half years of fighting when the Republic of Biafra disbanded and rejoined Nigeria.

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The Virginia Killing Act of 1669: the Law That Made It Legal to Kill a Slave

The Virginia casual killing act of 1669 declared that, should a slave be killed as a result of extreme punishment, the master should not face charges for the murder.

The Creation Story of the Akamba People of Kenya

In the beginning, Mulungu the creator is said to have formed a man and a woman in heaven before placing them on a rock in on earth, where it is said that their footprints, as well as the footprints of their animals, can still be seen today.

Bussa’s Rebellion of 1816, the Largest Slave Revolt in Barbadian History

The largest slave rebellion in Barbadian history took place during the Bussa uprising in April 1816. The rebellion takes its name from the African-born...

Top 10 Longest Serving Presidents in Africa, 2022

Equatorial Guinea's president Teodoro Obiang is the longest serving president in Africa and the world. He is closely followed by Cameroons President Paul Biya.

Cornelius Frederiks: the Namibian Captain Who Was Locked Up in a Concentration Camp for Fighting Against German Colonialists

Cornelius Frederiks was a Namibian freedom fighter who actively fought a guerrilla-style war against German colonialists during the Herero-Nama war of 1904.